Zombie Walk 2010

Zombie Love
Cute couple, don’t you think?! :p

Another fun half hour or so spent watching Robson Street turn into a zombie-fest as this year’s edition of Vancouver’s Zombie Walk took to the streets at 4:30pm today.


Before beginning the walk, the zombies gathered at a popular event headquarters, the Vancouver Art Gallery


The zombies are about to overthrow a model shoot right in the middle of Robson Street


A lone man attempts to fight off a swarm of zombies flailing all around him


As usual, some zombies are very stylish in their own wicked way ;)

Check out the Zombie Walk Vancouver facebook page for other photos and most probably at some point next year, the date and time for the next edition — don’t miss it! It’s a fun and unusual event. :)

And my photos from last year’s walk, here.

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2009 HSBC CELEBRATION OF LIGHT – CHINA

Saturday, August 1st was China’s turn to wow the crowd at the HSBC Celebration of Light.  Here is a short photographic summary of the evening…

Sea Of People
It’s 8:15pm and a sea of people has already formed along the shores of First Beach at English Bay

Almost Showtime
Just before showtime, at 10pm

Fireworks #2
Let the fireworks begin!

Fireworks #1
Ooooooh… Aaaaaah…

Rushing Home
Multiply the Critical Mass bike ride “population” by 100 and you get the pedestrian version,
returning from the fireworks

MOTHER NATURE’S FIERY WORKS

(Hey, good to be back here… My life is just soooo busy — not much time left for blogging in the end, sorry)

It was South Africa’s turn to light up the Vancouver sky in this year’s edition of the Celebration of Light, but as dark clouds came rolling in and the rain started pouring, our group retreated indoors to one of my friends’ place. As we got there, the rain had stopped, but not without doing some damage: the power was out.

We couldn’t do much without electricity, but thankfully, Mother Nature was there to give us a treat we don’t get to see very often in the area: the “orangest” sunset I have ever seen and some thunder and lightning. My first lightning shoot was a hoot and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to come. :)

Unusual Sunset
What an amazing sunset!

Lightning #1
Lightning at sunset

Lightning #2
Lightning over Downtown Vancouver

Lightning #3
Lightning strikes

P.S.: The fireworks were apparently unhampered by the weather and South Africa still got the chance to show its stuff.

2008 POWELL STREET FESTIVAL

I couldn’t stay long enough to see everything that the festival had to offer, but while I was there, it was time well spent at Oppenheimer Park where Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage were being celebrated (click here to read the festival’s official mission). The festival runs until today (Sunday August 3rd).

Japanese Instrument
Traditional Japanese music (can someone tell me the name of this instrument?)

Tug Of War
Different activities are available for children

Beads
Fabulous Japanese glass beads (called “Tombodama”) designed by artist Minori Takagi

Procession?
Forgive my ignorance, I don’t know what this thing represents and what the ceremony was for (anyone?)

Japanese-Style Umbrella
Japanese-style umbrella (what is its official name?)

Taiko Group Pic
Group pic with a cheerful Japanese man

Food Court
Food section

Rock & Roll
Punk Rock band Riff Randells (in English)

2008 HSBC CELEBRATION OF LIGHT – GRAND FINALE

Finale Fireworks #1

And here ends what I would dare say is the biggest event of the Summer, here in Vancouver.

Ferry Funny
Ferry fun on long exposure: there were 8 ferries playing around doing formations just before the beginning of the fireworks finale

Finale Fireworks #2

Finale Fireworks #3

Boating Frenzy
The usual boating frenzy after the fireworks

Next big event in line is the Pride Parade, today. This one promises to be very colorful also.